Back in January my mom and I drove up to visit the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee. It is a wonderful place. I’ve been there several times, but never in winter. The experience did not disappoint. From its website, this is the purpose the garden attempts to serve:
Dedicated as an International Peace Center, the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas supports people in cultivating inner peace and in preserving the ancient culture of Tibet. The mission of the Garden is to provide visitors of all faiths with an opportunity to generate profound merit, to reduce global negativities, and to bring about lasting peace. Through the use of the ancient symbols of Buddhism, the Garden awakens one’s natural inner qualities of joy, wisdom, and compassion.
I don’t consider myself to be of any particular faith, but there is no denying that there is a palpable sense of peacefulness that exists in this space. I enjoy visiting very much, and intend to make more trips this year than ever before, no matter the weather.